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Swaziland factory blast hospitalises 150

17 August 2015

According to the Times of Swaziland, 150 workers were hospitalised after an explosion released toxic fumes at the Great Spring garment factory in Matsapha, central Swaziland, on August 14. The plant has 650 workers altogether.

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One of the supervisors said that a staff member mixing highly flammable substances in the ironing department dropped the container causing the explosion, which filled the building with toxic fumes and caused many workers to collapse at their posts.

A similar incident occurred at the now defunct Tex Rey factory located next to Great Spring, where fumes from the pressing section affected 800 of the 1,700 staff, with 400 taken to hospital.

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